Kahurangi ki Kaipara Kapa Haka Roopu

It’s a long way from the warm shores of the Kaipara to the icy landscapes of Finland, but that’s the journey about to be undertaken by a group of Ngāti Whātua tamariki and rangatahi.

Kahurangi ki Kaipara, a young Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara kapa haka group aged 4-16 years old, are putting in the hard yards ahead of participating in the International Folklore Festival in Tampere, Finland, in June this year.

The roopu has a growing reputation for having a competitive edge against even much older and more established teams and recently performed at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland.

As well as having performed for Prime Minister John Key, they have also taken part as reigning junior and intermediate champions at the coronation of Maori King Tuheitia, an event which involved the top senior kapa haka groups from around Aotearoa.

Of their invitation to perform in Finland, their tutor Joe Timoti says it follows their consistent success and hard work.

“We are slowly but surely coming of age. Long may the dream continue” Mr Timoti says.